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Recent Match Report – IND Women vs ENG Women 2nd ODI 2022

India 333 for 5 (Harmanpreet 143*, Deol 58) beat England 245 (Wyatt 65, Renuka 4-57) with 88 runs

Harmanpreet Kaur’s towering undefeated century gave India a resounding victory over England at Canterbury and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series.

India’s 88-run win, based on Harmanpreet’s 143 out of 111 balls, means Saturday’s final at Lord’s will be a dead rubber with England’s best hopes now a consolation win after winning the T20I stage of the tour by 2 -1.

Asked to take the first 300-plus run chase in a women’s ODI after India posted 333 for 5 – their second highest in the format, England got 245 in response, Danni Wyatt’s half-century came to a losing end when Renuka Singh claimed four wickets to put the result beyond doubt, India won with 34 balls left.

Having won the toss and opting to bowl first in cool and cloudy conditions, England knew the key to pushing the series into a home cricket decider was to lessen the threat of India’s top order.

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet had carried their side to an impressive seven wicket victory in the opening ODI in Hove on Sunday, with 91 and 74 respectively not out, Mandhana also kept her side in the fray during the T20Is with an unbeaten 79 in the second match.

England started well enough when Kate Cross, who was playing her 50th ODI, threw Shafali Verma in the second over of the match and Charlie Dean took a sharp return to remove Yasatika Bhatia and break a second-wicket score of 54.

Opener Mandhana looked dangerous again, however, peeling off four fours and knocking Sophie Ecclestone over the fence on wide long-on en route to 40. But it was Ecclestone who ended Mandhana’s knock with one that turned back to finish the attempted sweep and strike to beat the side of her rear thigh for lbw. At that point, Mandhana had scored 33 runs with Kaur, who kept in close contact with Harleen Deol who kept the pace.

Deol sent Ecclestone down six times to go to 47 and brought her fifty a short time later with a single dabbed through midwicket and then took India past the 200 mark with another maximum, swept over Lauren Bell’s deep square leg.

By the time Bell had caught Deol by Wyatt at deep midwicket, India was on track to score an impressive total and Harmanpreet was in stunning rhythm.

Harmanpreet unleashed her signature slog sweep to devastating effect and also punished to the outside, her two sixes across the covers of debutante Freya Kemp and landed a brutal blow from Ecclestone across the deep midwicket line.

Kemp, the 17-year-old left-armed sailor who has had an impressive first international summer on the England T20I team, underwent a scorching introduction to the longer format. She conceded 82 runs from her 10 overs for just one wicket, that of Pooja Vastrakar, who was caught by Emma Lamb in the 46th over. It was the most runs for an English bowler in a women’s ODI, followed by fellow seamer Bell, who took 1 for 79 from 10 overs.

Harmanpreet added the lion’s share as she and Deepti Sharma piled up a further 71 runs after Vastrakar’s resignation with a staggering partnership rate of 17.75, the highest for a 50-plus stand in women’s ODIs where data is available.

They took 62 runs from the last three overs, 26 of which came from the 48th when Kemp sent down six wide throws and took three fours and a six. Harmanpreet helped himself to 18 of the 19 runs Kemp allowed in the last over, including another aerial cover for six, followed immediately by three straight fours to complete a stunning display.

Alice Capsey, the extraordinarily talented teenage all-rounder, shocked the England side when she left the field in the 29th after appearing to stick her finger in the ground in an attempt to stop a well-battered ball from Deol at midwicket.

However, Capsey came in as batter at number 4 after England dropped to 12 for 2 when Tammy Beaumont was knocked out by none other than Harmanpreet, brilliantly shot the ball to the non-striker’s end from the center and Renuka rearranged Sophia’s stumps Dunkley. Capsey seemed determined to fight, only quartering on his way to 24 from 10 balls before working Vastrakar from her pads to deep midwicket for her first single.

The DRS was blinking the entire match due to technical issues and was unavailable when Lamb was arguably unlucky to get lbw to Renuka who ran over her stumps and England slipped to 47 for 3.

When Capsey fell for 39, sending Deepti halfway to Shafali, it was in the hands of the veteran duo of Wyatt and Amy Jones – the acting England captain in the absence of the injured Heather Knight and Nat Sciver, who is taking a mental break – to keep the home side stable.

They made 65 runs together, but when Renuka Wyatt threw for 65 with a dipping yorker to claim her third wicket and Dayalan convulsed Hemalatha Jones with only her third pitch after going on the attack, it felt like only a matter of time before India ended business.

Renuka then claimed her fourth when Ecclestone singled out Deol on the deep midwicket line. Soon Shafali took her first ODI wicket – and third in international cricket – when Cross failed to reverse her lbw sack via a now working DRS. Dean produced a solid knock on number 9 to reach 37 from 44 balls before she was the last batter, stomp from Hemalatha’s bowling, but the damage was done long, long ago – by Harmanpreet.

Valkerie Baynes is general editor at ESPNcricinfo

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